noun Etymology: Middle English vigile, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin vigilia watch on the eve of a feast, from Latin, wakefulness, watch, from vigil awake, watchful; akin to Latin vigēre to be vigorous, vegēre to enliven — more at wake Date: 13th century 1. a. a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions b. the day before a religious feast observed as a day of spiritual preparation c. evening or nocturnal devotions or prayers — usually used in plural 2. the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary; also a period of wakefulness 3. an act or period of watching or surveillance ; watch <
kept vigil at her bedside

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